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Old 01-02-2012, 03:22 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Door Lock Cable Sticks

Just a quick question here. I was replacing my Bose speakers this weekend and after I put on the rear left door I noticed a problem. The lock seems to be very very stiff. It takes noticeable pressure to move the lock, and the car cannot lock/unlock the car itself. If I press the lock or unlock button enough it will eventually move it enough each time to lock/unlock it, but that's all the car can do for it. Anyway I took the door off and it turns out the cable itself seems to be very stiff and takes much more pressure to move. Are the lock cables easily bendable/breakable? Do you all think that the cable is the problem, and if so, where can I get one to replace it?
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Default Re: Door Lock Cable Sticks

If it worked fine before, I'd say check to make sure you didn't do anything to the cable during the speaker install. Maybe it's pinched or kinked somewhere.
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Default Re: Door Lock Cable Sticks

I'm not 100% positive it was fine before, I never really use that door.. But I did inspect it, it all seemed fine, it was straight and not noticeably bent. I greased up the door lock itself and it wasn't that.
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Default Re: Door Lock Cable Sticks

Your door lock actuator and cable are one piece. It sounds like you have a bad actuator. If the cable is not crimped/pinched anywhere, I'd say it's the actuator. Unhook the cable from the door lock and make sure the lock moves freely too, but I'm leaning towards the actuator
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Default Re: Door Lock Cable Sticks

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Your door lock actuator and cable are one piece. It sounds like you have a bad actuator. If the cable is not crimped/pinched anywhere, I'd say it's the actuator. Unhook the cable from the door lock and make sure the lock moves freely too, but I'm leaning towards the actuator
I already did that, the lock moves fine, it's easy to move it. with the cable unhooked I can tell it is hard to move the cable itself. Is the actuator attached to the car door itself?
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Default Re: Door Lock Cable Sticks

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I already did that, the lock moves fine, it's easy to move it. with the cable unhooked I can tell it is hard to move the cable itself. Is the actuator attached to the car door itself?
Yes, you have to pull the door panel to get to it. Just follow the cable into the door...the other end of the cable is attached to theactuator mechanism. I've never had to pull mine, but it should just be a couple of bolts and an electrical connector.
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Default Re: Door Lock Cable Sticks

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Yes, you have to pull the door panel to get to it. Just follow the cable into the door...the other end of the cable is attached to theactuator mechanism. I've never had to pull mine, but it should just be a couple of bolts and an electrical connector.
Would a bad actuator make the actual cable hard to move..? I feel like it would just not move or not unlock the door, not just get very tough?
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Default Re: Door Lock Cable Sticks

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Would a bad actuator make the actual cable hard to move..? I feel like it would just not move or not unlock the door, not just get very tough?
Yes, it can freeze up. It is a pretty simple setup. As I said earlier, the cable and actuator are all one unit...you cannot replace them separately. If the cable or actuator are sticking, then you have to replace the whole unit.

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You can get the part for less than $100...should be a straightforward fix.
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Default Re: Door Lock Cable Sticks

Originally Posted by 1hawaii50 View Post
Yes, it can freeze up. It is a pretty simple setup. As I said earlier, the cable and actuator are all one unit...you cannot replace them separately. If the cable or actuator are sticking, then you have to replace the whole unit.

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You can get the part for less than $100...should be a straightforward fix.
Awesome, I'll take it apart and check one more time before I buy the part. I'll probably check a few junk yards first, $90 seems a little bit ridiculous for such a tiny motor... If anyone has any connections let me know!
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Awesome, I'll take it apart and check one more time before I buy the part. I'll probably check a few junk yards first, $90 seems a little bit ridiculous for such a tiny motor... If anyone has any connections let me know!
Door lock actuators are not cheap on any car. I had 3 actuators go bad on my Taurus when I had it...about $150 EACH!!!

I would not put a used actuator in...they go bad...put a new one in and be done with it...just my opinion. You won't get any kind of warranty on a used actuator.
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Default Re: Door Lock Cable Sticks

Originally Posted by 1hawaii50 View Post
Door lock actuators are not cheap on any car. I had 3 actuators go bad on my Taurus when I had it...about $150 EACH!!!

I would not put a used actuator in...they go bad...put a new one in and be done with it...just my opinion. You won't get any kind of warranty on a used actuator.
you know what, that's good advice, no sense saving 20 bucks on something that's just more likely to go bad sooner! I appreciate it, new actuator it is.
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